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Special Topics in Calamity Physics

March 10th, 2010 7 Comments

Ummm….Ok,  I won’t judge a book by its cover.

“Dad alwyas said a person must have a magnificent reason for writing out his or her Life Story and expecting anyone to read it. ‘Unless your name is something along the lines of Mozart, Matisse, Churchill, Che Guevara, or Bond – James Bond – you best spend your free time finger painting of playing shuffleboard, for no one, with the exception of your flabby-armed mother with stiff hair and a mashed-potato way of looking at you, will want to hear the particulars of your pitiable existance….” — Special Topics in Calamaty Physics, by Marish Pesse

You’ve just read the first few lines in my latest literary venture.  My, how generations change!

The Times and USA Today wrote rave reviews about this book, aligning the author with well-known novelists that are still obscure to this novice.  But of course the quote from Vogue hit home:

“Wity and exuberatnt, it is part coming-of-age, part road-trip adventure, part idiosyncratic Great Books survey, with dashes of romantic comedy and murder mystery thrown in.” — Vogue

Although young, author Marisha Pessel now has this New York Times Best Seller under her belt and won over the veteran critics.

You’re probably thinking to yourself at this point, “but what is the book about?”  Honestly, I still don’t know.  It’s the tale of a brilliant young girl that goes away to school in a small town  after a “series of inexplicable events” that “[results] in an explosion of energy, light, and heartbreak.”

The book was suggested by a friend whom I revere for his, yes HIS, literary scholarship, and as you’ve read, the critics applaud her writing.  Maybe I’ll pick up a thing or two ;)

I can’t wait to dive in!

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  • jj

    And that says it all about this website! A book recommendation (I almost said “book review” but the author here says “honestly, I still don’t know” what it’s about! Ha, there’s content!) about a book that is FOUR years old. Yes, folks, this is something new. No other blog on earth would think to do this, when there are a million amazing books out right now–or even close to “right now”–that could actually be more than namedropped. Seriously, Mary! This is bad.

  • go already

    JJ, you’ve already indicated that you’ve found your new favorite site, so please go already. Your constant negativity is exhausting and annoying. Are you this harpy about everything in your life? If you don’t like Mary’s site, WHY ON EARTH are you still here??!

  • Stacy

    Awesome read, Mary. I read it a year or two ago and LOVED it. Unique and witty with a major twist in the ending.

  • jj

    hi mary! I mean “go already”

  • Christi

    Girl, just GO for it! Trust me, you will not be sorry. I stayed up until 4 in the morning as a college senior completely engrossed in this book. There are lots of fun, topical pop culture references thrown in amidst some fantastic writing. The reviews weren’t lying, I promise. You will love each and every one of the characters and all the twists and turns.

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